Imperial Moth Caterpillar 2012

The imperial moth Eacles imperialis is quite impressive as both a caterpillar and a moth.

Unlike anything they had seen before.

Caterpillars will eat sweetgum, birch, elm, sassafras, pine, sycamore and many other trees.

Two 7th grade students were surprised to find this critter while trying to identify a sweetgum tree at Elms September 2012.

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